Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

The annual Perseid meteor shower is back, with the peak night for the shooting stars falling on Sunday, August 12th, and into the early hours of Monday.

The peak hour of the Perseid meteor shower, according to Avivah, will be visible in Indonesia starting from 00:00 Western Indonesia Time (WIB) of August 12, and is predicted to intensify by 03:00 WIB. They feature very fast, very bright meteors - leaving handsome streaks of light and color behind them as they hurtle through Earth's atmosphere.

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average.

The best time to observe is between midnight and dawn on the mornings of August 12 and 13.

The Perseids get their name from the fact that they appear to come from the constellation Perseus.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the dust and debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, bringing pieces of the comet into the upper atmosphere that light up the sky as they burn up. The average particle size is that of large sand grain but some small pea gravel size meteors can cause bright fireballs that light up the sky and ground.

Typical rates of Perseids are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.

Every August there is an opportunity to see meteor showers and this weekend is your chance for 2018. It is what many consider to be the best meteor shower of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Unless conditions are almost ideal, meteor showers can be a tremendous disappointment. To see this phenomenon, you don't need to be located at the top of a mountain, use a telescope or wear eye protection. Mars and Saturn will also be visible at different points. The meteors will appear to originate in the northeast sky.

Of course, if there are clouds blocking your view, even getting away from city lights won't help.

It's easy to get cold if you're waiting around.

Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark.

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